Congratulations to the ladies who made it through a long day of open call auditions and earned a spot at Philadelphia Soulmates Bootcamp. After bootcamp and interviews, finalists will compete for a spot on the 2013 squad on Tuesday, January 29th at Parx Casino.
Hundreds of patrons were in attendance at the Esplanade Mall on Saturday afternoon for the New Orleans VooDoo Doll Finals. The franchise is very pleased to announce that 17 young ladies have been selected to represent the franchise for the 2013 season as VooDoo Dolls.
“I’ve always heard that in these auditions they already know who they want before Finals, that was so not the case, it literally went down to the wire from day 1 up to Finals and was no easy task,” said VooDoo Doll Director Jasmine Martijn. “However, I narrowed it down to the best of the best across the board.”
All 17 ladies selected as 2013 VooDoo Dolls are from Louisiana. Of the 17 selected, 8 are veterans, having danced for the team last year or in years prior.
“I’m ecstatic with the Dolls I have selected, and I know they will rock,” said Martijn. “I can’t wait for us to work in preparing for the upcoming 2013 season.”
The 2013 VooDoo Doll Dance Team is listed below:
Alisia Senegal – Lafayette, LA
Ayesha Callaway– New Orleans, LA
Bre Eley– New Orleans, LA
Brittanie Williams- Marrero, LA
Brittany Warden– Kenner, LA
Brooke Meyer- River Ridge, LA
Danielle Linn– Luling, LA
Domonique Ovide -Harvey, LA
Holly Denmark– Gretna, LA
Jaime Clark– Harvey, LA
Jennifer Frost– Slidell, LA
Keina (Nani) Duncan- New Orleans, LA
Lon’Rai Joshua -New Orleans, LA
Lynn Kleinberger– New Orleans
Megan Cortez– Luling, LA
Mindi Matherne– Des Allemands, LA
Shelley Theresa – Metairie, LA
Brittney Harper – Destrehan, LA
Auditions for the 2013 Tampa Bay Storm Cheer leaders will be held Sunday, January 13 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on the Club Level.
Registration will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Sunday, January 13. Auditions are closed to the public. All participants should park in the VIP East parking lot and enter the Times Forum at the Suite Entrance located on the West Plaza.
Day of Auditions – Participants should wear form fitting, two piece dance outfits and comfortable shoes. No Jazz pants or baggy pants will be allowed. Dance briefs or boy shorts should be worn with skin tone pantyhose. It is suggested that participants bring make-up/hair products, a towel bottle of water and a snack.
After introductions and warm-ups participants will learn across the floor combinations; including basic kicks and turns and a few short, repeating sideline dance routines. Participants will perform in small groups and then first cuts will be made.
The second round will consist of a jazz or hip-hop routine that will be taught to the remaining candidates. Then a short break will be given to ask questions and rehearse with the music after the routine is taught. The room will then be cleared and participants will perform the routine before a panel of judges two at a time.
Finalists will then be announced. Those candidates will then have a short meeting and interviews. Once the interviews are done participants are free to leave. The 2013 Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleaders will be announced on the team website after 3:00 PM on Monday, January 21. There will be a mandatory meeting for all 2013 Storm Cheerleaders later that week. Practice and workouts will immediately begin on weekday evenings.
Requirements to Register:
· Must be 18 years of age or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent
· Bring photo identification
· Recent photo 4×6 or larger (will not be returned)
· Dance resume (simple typed history of experience if applicable)
· $20 fee – cash or money order
· Completed medical liability release
· Completed 2013 cheerleader application
For more information please call 813.230.2416 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Philadelphia Soul announce the open call tryout for the 2013 Soulmates Dance Team and will be held on Saturday, January 12 at the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel (500 Stevens Dr., Philadelphia, PA 19113). The open-call audition registration will take place between 9-10 a.m. with the audition beginning promptly at 10 a.m.
The Soul also named Michelle Sulpizio as the Soulmates Dance Team Choreographer for the 2013 season. Her first official duty will be to oversee the open call event.
“I love what the Philadelphia Soul are all about, and I am very excited to be back with the franchise once again,” Sulpizio said. “I look forward to bringing Soul fans the Soulmate experience that they have come to know and love throughout the years.”
Michelle’s professional dance background includes being a member of the Philadelphia Soulmates dance team from 2005-08, and was named Co-Captain and Captain during that time. Sulpizio currently teaches competitive dance at a studio and coaches a high school dance team, where she also teaches 9th grade English. She has been teaching competitive dance for eight years, and coaching the high school dance team for five.
Michelle at 2008 Auditions
Fee for the clinic is $25, but those that pre-register will receive a $5 discount. Pre-registration is available at www.philadelphiasoul.com where credit cards and PayPal are accepted or cash at the door. Those seeking additional information about the auditions should e-mail the Soul at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the official team website at www.philadelphiasoul.com. The 2013 Soulmates Finals date, time and location will be announced at a later date.
Melanie of the Philadelphia Soulmates
From 2006 – A hopeful at the Las Vegas Gladiators Goddesses Auditions
When: Saturday December 08, 2012
Where: CDA Dance Center in the Esplananed Mall 1401 W. Esplanade #702 Kenner LA, 70062
Time: Registration 12:00noon Prelims will start PROMPTLY at 1pm (closed to public) Finals will be December 15, 2012 @ Macys Center Court of the Esplanade Mall (open to public)
Must be 18 years old by the day of auditions
What to wear: 2 piece Dance ensemble (no pants), dance top or sports bra, dance shorts or briefs, Dance Sneakers or Jazz shoes, Flesh colored Tights
Please Download the application here
Any questions please feel free to email Director Jasmine Martijn at Jasmine@aflvoodoo.com
A native of San Antonio, Cynthia Trinidad has joined the San Antonio Talons as Dance Director where she will be overseeing the Talons Sky Dancers. With a strong background in dance and cheer, Trinidad brings over 20 years of experience to the dance team including time as an NBA San Antonio Spurs Dancer and as an NFL Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
“I’m very excited to see my city get a pro football team and to bring my years of experience to the San Antonio Talons.” said Trinidad, “I look forward to putting together a first-class dance team to perform and be ambassadors at the games and at many community events throughout the year.”
If you’re interested in joining the Talons Sky Dancers, preliminary dance auditions for the Sky Dance Team will be held on December 8, 2012 at Gold’s Gym Fiesta Trails located at 12481 West IH 10, San Antonio, TX 78230. Auditions will run from 9am-3pm. Pre-registration is $25 and same day registration is $30.
Final Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday December 18, 2012 at Sam’s Burger Joint Live Music Venue in downtown San Antonio. Final Auditions will be open to the public and will give Talons fans the first chance to see the 2013 San Antonio Talons Sky Dancers.
The San Antonio Talons are entering into their second season in the Arena Football League (AFL). The team was moved to San Antonio from Tulsa, OK in 2012 and won the AFL’s Central Division title, as well as hosted their first AFL playoff game in the 2012 season. To pre-register for dance auditions or for more information please call 210.227.TEAM.
[San Antonio Talons Sky Dancers]
Heads-up Arizona girls. The Arizona Rattlers dance team, the Sidewinders, has added some additional prep class dates. One of them is TONIGHT! Click here for details
Being involved in a professional dance environment can be challenging both physically and mentally. Without much pay, dancers sacrifice financial stability because of a love and passion for performing. For one woman, the opportunity to blend her extensive dance background and work for the Rush has provided an outlet for her to continue living her dream.
As a former Luvabull and Adrenaline Rush Dancer, team coach and choreographer Gloria Esposito certainly doesn’t lack the experience. She began dancing at the age of five, but it wasn’t always her strong suit.
“During my first dance recital I ran off the stage and my mom told me she would never let me do that again, so I had to convince her to let me do cheerleading and pom in high school and I just fell in love with it.”
Gloria finds it exciting to try new things and says that nobody should be afraid that they aren’t skilled enough to pursue doing what they love. She says there is much more to dancing professionally than just technical skills and that it should never hold someone back.
As for being the coach of Adrenaline Rush Dancers, Gloria says she never would have dreamt it when she was younger. But being the leader of the team now, she finds inspiration for dance in almost everything she does.
Gloria was a Luvabull from 2001 to 2003
“Inspiration can come from anywhere at any time. I can hear a song when I’m driving, or I could be watching a movie, but I am a very visual person and a lot of times at practice I’ll teach something and then watch them do it and get other ideas from there.”
She also mentions watching “So You Think You Can Dance” and other dance teams to help get ideas flowing. What she says she finds most interesting about watching other dances is how one song can be interpreted in many different ways and used for different styles of dance. Aside from music and movies, Gloria says she will often go to her team captain Mekial for some help.
Gloria was a member of the Adrenaline Rush Dance team from 2004 to 2007
“I used to be the go to person for our old coach Wynne, so I felt when I took over I needed someone who I trusted and that person is Mekial. I know that if I am not there, she’ll make sure everything that needs to get done will get done. I lean on her and I’m very thankful that I have her to help me.”
She welcomes ideas from all of her girls and appreciates their input on song choices and choreography. In order for the music to make the cut, she says that it needs to excite her and it should be able to touch an audience. While she likes to remain open minded, it can be difficult to choreograph a dance that doesn’t have a clear vision so she’ll sometimes have to reluctantly decline.
“We can try anything, but I did have someone ask us to do a Maringa routine and I said ‘no’. Typically the routines the fans like are the ones with head whips, kicks, and jump splits.”
Despite the long hours Gloria puts into brainstorming and choreographing dances, she still manages to find time to dance on her own.
“My neighbors think I’m crazy. I live on the first floor and have a big screen door and I am always dancing. But seriously, I will take some classes here and there, it is always good to go and learn from someone else.”
Whether or not she’s dancing, her mind is always on bettering the team. With the prep classes and auditions approaching, one thing is certain: she remains very busy solidifying the team’s reputation as one of the best in the league.
From 2011 – An Orlando Predators Prowler
Directors extraordinaire: Georgia Force's Joie Ashworth and Milwaukee Mustangs' Danielle DuFour
I wanted to give a shout out to two cheer teams that have been affected by recent changes in the Arena Football League. The Atlanta-area based Georgia Force is folding and the Milwaukee Mustangs are taking a year off. Both teams have outstanding dance teams, on and off the field. Former NBA and NFL dancer Joie Ashworth headed up the Georgia Force Cheerleaders, a squad that was definitely major league. In fact, the Force legacy includes alumni Kiley and Emily, who are now on the Falcons Cheerleaders. Not only were the GFC an amazing set of performers, they also were accomplished women in their own right, seemingly a squad a Science Cheerleaders just within their ranks.
Also, we hope the Fillies Dance Team will only be on hiatus for a single season, and that the Mustangs are back in 2014. Fillies Dance Team Coordinator and Choreographer Danielle DuFour and dance team captain Carlie created the top pro football dance team in the state. The Fillies hit the stage with abundant talent and force, and also served as community ambassadors throughout the region.
Every time teams cease, like the Kansas City Command of the AFL which also folded, and the recent closing of the UFL season and postponement of the USFL, certainly there are dancers who will miss out on a chance to perform and support their communities and teams.
Both the Georgia and Milwaukee squads have been so helpful and hospitable to me in the past, and I appreciate their support of UltimateCheerleaders! The GFC and the Fillies both hit the field in pre-game on the backs of roaring motorcycles, and I hope this news does not mean that they will be riding off into the sunset, but on their way back to dance their hearts out, somewhere, somehow. Thanks ladies for all of your work and all of the cheer you provided!
The Philadelphia Soul are looking for the ideal candidate to lead their dance team. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved with the team from the ground floor and help mold the dance team into one of the best in the country, as well as helping them become ambassadors for the organization in the community through personal and charitable appearances.
MINIMUM POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
Works directly with Philadelphia Soul Director of Operations to:
• Schedule and coordinate annual dance team auditions and workshops; choreograph the dance routine which candidates perform during the audition process; manages final selection process.
• Choreograph all routines performed at home games throughout the football season as well as special events; teaches routines to the dance team to ensure all team members are prepared to meet performance expectations.
• Manages rehearsals; ensures all team members are adequately prepared to perform as outlined in dancer’s contract.
• Design photo shoots and print items process.
• Directs dancers at all home games, rehearsals and special events and responsible for keeping track of attendance at each.
• Establish all sponsor-able items for Dancers i.e. stylists, gym memberships, skin care, teeth whitening, tanning, etc.
• Responsible for all dancer paperwork – new hire, payroll, etc.
• Working with Soul front offices for dance team promotional appearances on a regular basis; communicates team appearance dates, times, etc. to all team members.
MINIMUM POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
• Skill in the creation and execution of dance routines for public performances.
• Advanced knowledge of dance fundamentals, movements and style.
• Minimum five years training in various dance styles to include jazz, modern, ballet and hip-hop etc.
• High School diploma or GED.
• Minimum two years teaching dance including at least one year teaching adults.
• Candidate must be: Professional, creative, reliable, energetic, fun, disciplined and have the ability to lead.
• Candidate must possess high moral standards and hold dance team members to that same standard.
• Candidate must have schedule/time flexibility to fit in practice times, game times and special event performances.
PREFERRED POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
• Experience with a professional Dance team (NBA, NFL, AFL, etc.)
• College degree
• A drive to be the best!
Please submit your resume, along with video of your choreography, to Human Resources by email at email@example.com. All resumes and video must be submitted by 12:00pm on Thursday, October 25th.